Retina Display iPad 3 To Launch In March, Much Improved iPad 4 To Launch In October [Rumor]

Retina Display iPad 3 To Launch In March, Much Improved iPad 4 To Launch In October [Rumor]

DigiTimes has revived speculation that Apple will release two new iPads this year, citing “industry sources in Taiwan” who claim we’ll see an iPad 3 complete with a Retina display in March, and a much improved iPad 4 with “killer applications” in October.

The third-generation device is set to deliver that much-anticipated Retina display we’ve all been waiting for, with a new QXGA display with a resolution of 1,536 x 2,048 pixels. The device will also offer better battery life, but its other internals “may not be so amazing as expected,” the report claims. Apple will apparently use the iPad 3’s launch to drop the price of the iPad 2 to $399.

Just seven months after the launch of the iPad 3, we will reportedly see a fourth-generation device named the iPad 4. This device will reportedly bring “much upgraded hardware specifications,” and “integrated applications” that will allow it to compete with rival devices:

The 9.7-inch iPad 4 is expected to come with much upgraded hardware specifications and integrated applications so as to compete with an array of Android-, Wintel- or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs to be released in the fourth quarter, said the sources.

DigiTimes‘ claims have been debatable in recent weeks, but again, this isn’t the first time that reports have suggested we’ll see Apple launch two new iPads during 2012.

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  • makias

    Why did you turn the comments off on the Cult Of Android news? Lots of people are complaining that you are publishing that here and you are making it worst by censoring us and not letting people express their opinion about it, what’s happening with this site?
    PLEASE, stop publishing that and if you do, you should let people say what they think.

  • WVMikeP

    You’re bozos for publishing this rumor.  We went through this same exact thing last year.

    Apple’s iOS products are on a ONE YEAR refresh cycle (unless delayed).  ONE YEAR, not 6 months or shorter like the POS Android OEMs.

  • Len Williams

    This quote is hilarious:
    The 9.7-inch iPad 4 is expected to come with much upgraded hardware specifications and integrated applications so as to compete with an array of Android-, Wintel- or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs to be released in the fourth quarter, said the sources.

    The iPad really needs a hardware upgrade to compete with products that WILL be coming out in the fall of 2012. Gosh, the iPad is doomed because we all KNOW how great these competing Android, Wintel, WoA tablets are going to be–snort! This is more or less the same statement that has been paraded since the first iPad became a hit. So many companies were GOING TO HAVE an iPad killer, and they all fizzled. Then the iPad 2 came along and even further extended Apple’s lead. Therefore, say the analysts and pundits, there absolutely and positively MUST be competing tablets coming out in the Fall that will kick Apple’s butt. This is getting ancient. I’m still waiting to see a better tablet, OS and support structure (app store, music/media service), so please shut up until one actually exists.

  • mrweid

    Please, this is so unlike apple to launch same product twice. I highly doubt it there is an iPad 4 this year.

  • pcmedman

    What is up with the annoying and intrusive ads on the mobile version of Cult of Mac (including in the Flipboard app when viewing Cult of Mac).
    I’m finding myself going to other sources now for my Apple news because those ads moving around my page when I scroll are very annoying.

  • Sean Smith

    I think DigiTimes is one of those places that thinks that if they post the same rumor each year, eventually it will come true. However, once again, I call this “two iPads in one year” rumor complete bunk just like I did last year.

  • Tim Meesseman

    I’ve already sent in a message to them a few weeks ago. I suggest you do the same until they get the point. Between my RSS reader, the CoM header, and the ads, there’s barely any space to even read the story!

  • Al

    It doesn’t sound likely this rumour is true, however I’m happy CoM has published this as rumours are all part of the fun! I’ve been following Apple for years, and this is what it was all about back in the day. Guessing what’s coming up, guessing what Steve’s “one more thing” will be, and so on. Harmless fun. Thanks, Killian! Keep ‘em coming!

  • Jeff Mitchell

    Why do you bother with f**king crap like this?  It’s such a waste of time!  I’m beginning to wonder why I spend so much time reading tech news.

    We’ll get one new iPad this year…if we’re lucky.

  • Jordan Clay

    These rumors happen EVERY YEAR around this time….yet they never come true,  Apple will release 1 iPad this year.  they may bring a smaller one in, but they won’t bring 2 of the same

  • ddevito

    new year, same 2 iPad rumor mill. Why on earth would someone buy an iPad 3\HD when a new one would be coming a few months later?

  • ddevito

    You can thank Android for the price cuts.

  • Will Reed

    Wasn’t there an article back about how Steve Jobs developed new product timelines for the consumer.  So that they wouldn’t be caught between multiple new devices every year?  I think the most likely thing is, iPad 3 in March, still selling iPad 2 to compete with Kindle and other Tablets.  (which seems obvious to me as they continued to sell refurbished original ipads)

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